A new study in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law has exposed the vile act of stealthing.
Stealthing is the casual phrase for the removal of a condom by one partner without the consent of the other participant, and it is 'a common practice among young, sexually active people.'
The act occurs when a woman (or man) consents to sex with a male partner with the use of a condom, but the partner removes the condom during the act, or removes it right before the act happens.
The act itself is nothing new, but it is finally getting the attention it warrants through this study.
People can argue that it is not a form of sexual assault as the woman consented to the sex beforehand, but the removal of the condom breaches the boundaries of the consent entirely.
There are entire online communities set up by men online, glorifying the act as a 'man's right' to exude control over their sexual partner by 'spreading their seed.' *Shudders*
'I just go raw dog from the beginning,' reads one Reddit thread discussing the issue. 'Unless she looks rough, then I throw one on for my own protection.'
When people consent to sex with a condom, they're not necessarily consenting to sex without a condom. #Stealthing is rape.
— chrys (@WChrysippus) April 23, 2017
'Survivors fear unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections,' says the study, conducted by Alexandra Brodsky.
Aside from the possibility of contracting an STD or being forced to deal with a potential pregnancy, the fact that the act violates consent makes it, in the study's description, 'rape-adjacent.'
'Survivors experienced nonconsensual condom removal as a clear violation of their bodily autonomy and the trust they had mistakenly placed in their sexual partner,' according to Brodsky.
Just heard a thing such as #stealthing exists and now im going to be sick. Faith in humanity lost again.
— Prince (@One_FreshPrince) April 25, 2017
'Situating nonconsensual condom removal within the broad category of gender violence reveals that the practice is an ethical wrong with practical, psychic, and politically salient repercussions for its victims,' she wrote.
'There's a difference between consenting to someone touching you with a condom, and consenting to someone penetrating you without one.'
'In the same way a woman can consent to being fingered without consenting to penetrative sex, a woman can consent to protected sex without consenting to unprotected sex.'
'I agreed to f*** him with a condom. Not without one,' reads one testimony.
Glad we are finally having a conversation about #stealthing. I have been stealthed but didn't realise it was common
— Gender-critical Egg (@femancip8) April 26, 2017
As evidenced by the online communities who actively encourage one another to engage in the act and subsequently brag about it afterwards, the act has deep roots in misogyny.
The perverse pleasure of the enforcer comes before the wants of the partner, and a 'mans right' or 'natural instinct' to reproduce is cited as one vile excuse for the action.
One sick individual has even published a comprehensive guide on the act called I Remove The Condom Without Them Knowing.
One 'handy tip' the author enlists in his nonconsensual mission to engage in 'stealth sex' is to 'make sure you have at least one more good shot of cum that she sees or feels outside of her body so she has no reason to suspect you've emptied your balls inside her.'
Beware, the entire journal is a sickening read.
This abhorrent and completely disgusting behaviour is thankfully on its way to being legally recognised.
In January, a Swiss court convicted a man of rape after he took off his condom without telling his partner.
The court decided that the woman would have said no to sex if she knew the condom would be removed, so consent was breached.